‘The Adventures of Saheban: a complex fantasy realism book’ by Wendy Harris

The Adventures of Saheban is a complex fantasy realism book, connecting characters existing in four different time zones to SahebaN, the controversial protagonist. Named after SahebaN of the Punjabi folk story, ‘Mirza SahebaN’, our leading character becomes a Relentless Warrior, survivor of the systemic nature of sexism, exploitation, and racism.

Two critical events reveal the root of SahebaN’s war against oppression. Her mother, Jattee, is grief-stricken at the arrival of a precocious, infant daughter instead of a child with ‘pee-nuts,’ and as the doctor cuts the umbilical cord, SahebaN scratches his face. Already marked as a rebel, SahebaN is less than four-years old when she connects the mystery ‘pee-nuts,’ to the ‘hard thing’ she feels while being molested by a priest. The action she takes leads to being condemned as ‘the Spirit of Satan,’ and her father agrees to throw SahebaN and Jattee, his ‘female shit,’ out of the house.

In 1949, Simone de Beauvoir, author of The Second Sex, wrote: ‘All oppression creates a state of war, this is no exception.’ In The Adventures of SahebaN, Fauzia Rafique has taken the principle, weaving this fundamental truth through the lives of four women. SahebaN, heroine of a popular Pakistani folk story, rebels against her family, refusing an arranged marriage; SahebaN, the weaponless Warrior, rebels against a male-dominated society; Ego Feathers is forced to write SahebaN’s biography in secret code; and Fauzia, oppressed by rampant sexism in her native country, embarks on a new life in a different country, only to experience further oppression in the guise of racism, and economic disparity. Stumbling across SahebaN’s biography, Fauzia cracks Ego Feathers’s code, ultimately (and hopefully) freeing herself from the chains that have bound her existence.

The Adventures of SahebaN relentlessly probes the foundation of inequality as it spans across time, and different societies. Brutally honest, the disturbing and thought provoking nature of the material enveloped in compelling stories, draws the reader into a world often touched, but seldom revealed.

This book has the potential to reach a wide reader audience. As characters move, and develop through the stories, their experiences reveal deep bonds that people from every society, and from both genders, can identify with, and share.
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Launching The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior in New Westminster, November 29th 7-9pm at Renaiassance Books, with Host Shela Nefertiti Morrisson, Guest Speaker Wendy Harris, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the second story of this volume, ‘Holy IT’).

Buy it here
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

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Wendy Harris is a freelance writer/editor, graduating from the Print Futures: Professional Writing program. She was part of the 2004 Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival Program editing team.
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‘Today is the day, Jattee!’

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‘Today is the day, Jattee,’ the Mistress said as she returned from the washroom to take back her Lazyboy.
From
Coming of the Clothes:
SahebaN & the Rites of Reproduction

 launching today, November 20th 4pm at VG PlayRoom, Camp Alexandra in Surrey, with Host Virginia Gillespie, Guest Speaker L.P. Wallinger, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the first story of this volume, ‘Vital Parts’).

Buy it here
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica. Image/Text manipulation by Tiesa Leudy

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‘Amidst the clutter of mangos and coconuts…’

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‘Amidst the clutter of mangos and coconuts that characterizes most disaporic writing, Fauzia Rafique’s work is a breath of fresh air as it addresses pertinent social issues beautifully and poignantly.’

Harsha Walia
Author of Undoing Border Imperialism

 launching November 20th 4pm at VG PlayRoom, Camp Alexandra in Surrey, with Host Virginia Gillespie, Guest Speaker L.P. Wallinger, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the first story of this volume, ‘Vital Parts’).

Buy it here
the-adventures-of-saheban_cover_nov61
The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

A novel by Fauzia Rafique
Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Photo Mohammad Hasan, Design Iryna Spica.

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Fetus-wise

Pearls of Wisdom, Epic Revelations, Naked Truths

Here’s an ordinary white one…

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‘This sense of perpetual comfort available to male fetuses or assumed male fetuses is very relaxing for the fetus. As a result, in the womb of her mother, SahebaN grew strong, developed high self-esteem, and learned to feel comfortable with her body.’

Vital Parts
A story from
The Adventures of SahebaN
Biography of a Relentless Warrior
Novel by
Fauzia Rafique

Launching November 20th 4pm at VG PlayRoom, Camp Alexandra in Surrey, with Host Virginia Gillespie, Guest Speaker L.P. Wallinger, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the first story of this volume, ‘Vital Parts’).

Order your copy
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The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

Art work by Shahid Mirza, Design Iryna Spica.

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‘You will not devour this book’ a review by Liam Paul Wallinger

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The faithful scribe of a world eerily similar to our own, Author Fauzia Rafique skewers human foibles in The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior with the zeal of an archer, and the care of a lepidopterist†. There are few writers more equipped to tackle the intersections of religion, sexuality, politics and feminism, and Rafique deftly handles this tall order with a wink, a smile, and very little consideration for whichever of your prejudices she’s currently shattering.

People talk about “devouring” a book that they cannot put down. You will not devour this book; you will be devoured by it. Without warning, SahebaN performs a rude trick on you: You’ll find yourself questioning the line between reality and fantasy.

Through her wonderful fictional biographer character, Ego Feathers, and her protagonist’s presupposed folk hero status, Rafique playfully leads the reader on a journey through time and between layers of fiction, like some kind of trickster demigod psychopomp‡.

After SahebaN knocks you off your feet and you find yourself treading water, just look up, and you might see Ego Feathers, dancing atop the waves like a Jesus Christ lizard. This is all to say that The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior is hilarious, transformative, engrossing, and heartbreaking.

One of those disturbed individuals who collects butterflies and impales them on corkboard in the name of science or hobbyism.

A being that acts as a guide to mortals visiting either the world of the subconscious, or the land of the dead.

Liam Paul Wallinger
Author of The Man with the Retrograde Brainstem and DINK

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‘Living Room’ by Liam Paul Wallinger.
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Launching November 20th 4pm at VG PlayRoom, Camp Alexandra in Surrey, with Host Virginia Gillespie, Guest Speaker L.P. Wallinger, and Author Fauzia Rafique (presenting excerpts from the first story of this volume, ‘Vital Parts’).

Order your copy
the-adventures-of-saheban_cover_nov61
The Adventures of SahebaN:
Biography of a Relentless Warrior

Mail out December 1st.
Libros Libertad 2016

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